With the world watching, the teams at the World Cup produced extraordinary, memorable and stunning moments, with many David and Goliath moments that made and shattered tournament dreams on the global stage
In this work, punch Examine the five biggest shocks in World Cup history.
1. Argentina 1-2 Saudi Arabia (2022)
Argentina, one of the favorites to win the 2022 World Cup underway in Qatar, was seriously stunned in their opening match as they were beaten 2-1 by underdogs Saudi Arabia.
Despite having the world’s greatest player, seven-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi, the Copa America winners struggled throughout the game to score any points from the game, with Messi’s Penalty was South American side’s only goal
Scaloni’s men will need to avoid defeat to equal Italy’s unbeaten record of 37 international matches, which they will look to break next time around against Mexico. In fact, their determined opponents rightfully held on, delivering one of the most memorable results in history.
Saudi Arabia turned things around as soon as the second half resumed, with Saleh Alshehri’s goal, 48′, leveling with Argentina and Saleh Aldawsari’s 53rd-minute winner.
2. Senegal 1-0 France (2002)
Despite the brilliance of Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira at the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea, Roger Le Maire’s France team struggled without Zidane in their opening match,
Senegal took full advantage of France’s stage fright to declare themselves on the World Cup stage with Papa Bouba Diop’s iconic winner.
3. Switzerland 1-0 Spain (2010)
Spain’s Euro 2008 victory made La Roja the favorites in South Africa, but Vicente del Bosque’s side struggled in their opening game in Durban.
An unfamiliar lack of cohesion opened the door for the Swiss, with Gelson Fernandes battling them up front, and Spain failing to react at all.
In the end, the defeat did not derail Spain, but Del Bosque was well aware of its impact on realigning players as Andres Iniesta went on to claim their first world title.
4. Republic of Ireland 1-0 Italy (1994)
Ireland’s run to the quarter-finals of Italy ’90 put the Green Boys on the international football map, but their defeat to the hosts lingers in the memory.
As they face a rematch against Italy in scorching heat in New Jersey, Jack Charlton already has revenge on his mind.
Ray Horton’s bolt from the blue gave Ireland an early lead, but they were beaten back again and again by Paul McGrath’s wall as Italy laid siege to Ireland’s goal.
Paolo Rossi put on one of the greatest individual performances at the World Cup as he scored a ruthless hat-trick to knock Brazil out and inspire his side to victory in the final.
5. Cameroon 1-0 Argentina (1990)
Defending champions Argentina come to Italy in ’90, looking to win a third title in 12 years and become the third team to defend the World Cup.
Under Diego Maradona, La Albiceleste eventually lost the final to West Germany, but suffered a major blow in their opening game.
Cameroon’s aim was to build on their poor performance on their World Cup debut in 1982 as they beat an in-form Argentina in Milan, with François Oman-Bjek scoring a late winner .
Valery Nepomnyashchy’s side were eventually eliminated by England in the quarter-finals as they broke new ground for African nations at the World Cup.